Easy Coconut Oil Treats for Chickens
One thing I wanted to try after learning to make my own homemade suet was making a version that did not require the use of animal fat. What I did not realize was that coconut oil is entirely safe and perfectly healthy for our hens to eat. That made me really excited because we always seem to have plenty of the stuff on hand! It’s a great substitute for rendered fat from cooking meats, especially if that’s something you do not do in your household.
This incredibly easy chicken treat is full of wonderful health benefits for backyard chickens! I decided to add lemon balm, basil, and fennel seeds for a few reasons. Lemon balm is full of antibacterial properties (making it great for getting rid of cold sores and other bacterial infections) and is even calming on stress towards chickens. Basil supports the immune system and can improve the digestive health of your flock. Add fennel to help promote laying! You can use a multitude of different herbs, and if you need some ideas read this post. Feel free to create your own combinations to suit your flock!
Ingredients + Recipe |
1/4 cup coconut oil
1 tsp dried lemon balm
1 tsp dried basil
2 tbsp wheat berries or other whole grain
1 tbsp unsalted sunflower seeds or other unsalted seeds
1 tbsp dried cranberries
In a small bowl, combine the dried herbs, seeds, and fruit.
Place scoops of the seed mix into the muffin tin cups, filling about half way.
Melt the coconut oil and pour into a muffin tin until nearly full with about 1/4 inch head space.
Place any extra seeds into the tins or until the tins are filled to the top.
Refrigerate or freeze until solid. Freezing will bring faster results!
To remove, turn the pan upside down and knock the bottom until the treats are loosened. If they do not come out easily, run a knife along the edge.
Serve to chickens immediately after removing from the tin.
Remember, all of the herbs, seeds, and fruit types are merely suggestions. You can easily spice up this recipe to suit the needs of your own flock or even to better suit what exactly is in your kitchen. I have found that purchasing a wild birdseed mix over individual nuts at the grocery store is extremely helpful and more affordable. Though if you are wanting an organic solution, that may be harder to find.
I hope you enjoy making this little recipe, and I hope that your chickens get just as much joy out of it as well!